USCGC Henry Blake (WLM 562)
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Coat of Arms



Or, a lion passant guardant Sable fimbriated and detailed Gules debruised by a pale arched wavy Celeste fimbriated Argent bearing a totem pole issuing from base Proper.


From a wreath Or and Gules, a stylized mountain flanked by two evergreen trees superimposed by two oars blades up saltirewise, overall a lantern all Proper.


A scroll Argent doubled and edged Gules inscribed "KEEPER OF THE TRADITION" Celeste.


The coat of arms as blazoned in full color on a white disc enclosed by a dark blue border edged on the outside with a gold chain attached with a shackle and pin and inscribed "USCGC HENRY BLAKE " above and "WLM 563" below in gold.



The light blue wavy arched pale suggests the coastal waters patrolled by the Coast Guard and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, where the first New Dungeness Lighthouse was lit on December 14, 1857. While Henry Blake served as lighthouse keeper, a brutal attack occurred between two Indian tribes; the totem pole commemorates this attack by the S'Klallan Tribe of New Dungeness against a small Tsinshian Tribe of the Vancouver Island. The lion, adapted from the royal arms of England, symbolizes the courage, strength and bravery demonstrated by Henry Blake who rushed to the scene of the attack, but discovered no survivors. The lion also highlights Henry Blake's English heritage.


The mountain and evergreens symbolize the Olympic Peninsula, and the location of New Dungeness Lighthouse in the state of Washington. The oars represent the search and rescue mission of WLM 563. The lantern underscores the aids to navigation responsibilities of the USCGC HENRY BLAKE.

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